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Wesmen rally puts fine finish on Friday

Wesmen players (from left) Alexa Wieczorkiewicz, Kely Warmington, Mikaela Cameron, Emily Yaeger and Leia Jaworski celebrate a big point during a five-set win over the Brandon Bobcats on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Wesmen players (from left) Alexa Wieczorkiewicz, Kely Warmington, Mikaela Cameron, Emily Yaeger and Leia Jaworski celebrate a big point during a five-set win over the Brandon Bobcats on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The Winnipeg Wesmen found another way to win Friday night.

The Wesmen women's volleyball team moved its non-conference record to 5-2 in 2019, rallying from two sets down to defeat the Brandon Bobcats 3-2 (22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16, 15-5) in the night match of the Unruh Realty Challenge at the Duckworth Centre.

The win was the second of the day for the Wesmen, who earlier defeated Lakehead 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-15), and it was the first time in this young season the team staged a comeback from two sets down.

"We're a team that sort of has to do it by committee and if one person is having a bit of trouble on first contact then somebody has to bail her out and we did that," interim head coach Phil Hudson said. "We got a little more confidence in our (serve) receive and (Brandon) missed a couple key serves at different times in the third set to give us a little bit of confidence.

"I think we used 12 different players throughout the match tonight and it was a great team win for us and a real confidence booster to be able to come back after being down two-zero."

Emma Parker had 27 kills to lead the Wesmen against Brandon and Kalena Schulz chipped in 14. Setter Rylie Dickson turned out 63 assists.

"We had a slow start but we realized we just need to get going," Schulz said. "It was kinda that do-or-die mentality that kicked us in gear and we were a different team the last three sets. I think we started playing more confidently, not thinking too hard, just doing what we do."

Against Lakehead, Parker had 13 kills and six total blocks, while Madison Fyvie led the team with 16 digs. 

In other results Friday, the Manitoba Bisons went 2-0 with a five-set win over Regina (25-20, 20-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-8) followed by a 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19) victory over Brandon.

Regina got its first win of the tournament in a 3-1 (25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16) afternoon victory over Lakehead.

The tournament resumes Saturday with five matches, including Winnipeg facing Regina at 3 p.m. and Manitoba at 8 p.m.

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